Customs puts 156 tonnes of apple up for auction today

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 21 Aug 2017, 22:09:02

Customs puts 156 tonnes of apple up for auction today

Our Correspondent

CHITTAGONG, Aug 21: The Chittagong Customs authority puts 156 tonnes of apple up for auction  Tuesday as the importers declined to release these fruits from the port, sensing financial loss.

 As per the customs rules, the authority sells imported goods at open auction if the importers do not take delivery of those goods within 30 days after reaching the port.

 Fruit traders said fruit importers concerned did not take delivery of the cargo as import and related cost of the fruits would be much higher than the local market price of apple after settling customs revenue and counting demurrage for not releasing the cargo for a long time.

 Besides, the apples imported months ago might have gone rotten and got unfit for human consumption, they added.

 Sources in the Chittagong Customs House said local importer Azizia Trade International Ltd located in Falmondi on Station Road in Chittagong imported six containers of fresh apple in three consignments from China.

 Two consignments of the fruit were imported on May 03 and another on May 14 last.

 General Secretary of the Bangladesh Fresh Fruits Importers Association Sirajul Islam said many importers having no knowledge of the market import fruits and ultimately they count financial loss.

 Customs sources said the authority auctioned 409 tonnes of malta and 57 tonnes of ginger on August 13 at Tk 25.077 million.

 An officer of the auction section at the CCH said a large volume of containerised cargo remains left out by importers concerned, mostly perishable food items imported in reefer containers.

 The CCH has initiated to put those goods up for auction on a priority basis as a fast-track programme following instructions from the government's high-ups to facilitate import-export activities in the Chittagong port.
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